TRENTON — Several area fire departments responded to a burning building on Bar Harbor Road on the night of Saturday, Nov. 14.
The building was a mussel processing plant that had been under construction during the summer. It belongs to Acadia Aqua Farms, the Bar Harbor company owned and operated by Theo and Fiona de Koning.
“We were ready to start bringing mussels in on Monday for a trial processing run,” Fiona wrote in an email, “so we were almost complete, but it was destroyed Saturday night.”
Until they have rebuilt, Fiona added, they will be using their old processing system.
The new plant was insured and no one was injured in the fire, according to a Facebook post by the Trenton Fire Department.
Units from Ellsworth, Lamoine, Surry, Hancock, Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, Sorrento and Sullivan also responded. Several others were standing by.
“On arrival, firefighters went to a defensive mode (working outside the structure), as there was a significant fire load in the building and collapse of the second floor,” the Facebook post indicated.
The Maine state fire marshal investigated the cause of the fire, but could not be reached before publication.
The fire was reported at 10 p.m. and crews worked until 3 a.m. to extinguish the blaze, according to Capt. Kevin Kane of the Ellsworth Fire Department, one of the departments that responded.